OXFORD, Ohio - A hot-shooting Youngstown State team pulled away in the second half to defeat Miami, 76-56, Sunday afternoon and end the RedHawks' three-game winning streak. Courtney Osborn led the team with 15 points. Miami falls to 3-2 on the season, while the Penguins improve to 4-0.
Tied at 25 after the RedHawks held YSU to 34.5 percent shooting (10-for-29) in the first half, the Penguins would shoot a blistering 63.6 percent (14-for-22), en route to scoring 51 points in the second half to come away with the victory.
Youngstown State opened an 8-2 lead to begin the contest. The RedHawks struggled to get their offense moving as they managed only eight points over the first 13 minutes. The Penguins built the advantage to 17-8 during that time. Osborn would get Miami going when she hit a three-pointer at the 6:44 mark. After YSU answered with a layup to make it 19-11, the 'Hawks would keep the Penguins scoreless over the next five minutes as they went on a 12-0 run to take a 23-19 lead. During the run Osborn had an old-fashioned three-point play, while Kirsten Olowinski and Jessica Rupright each put in layups. Youngstown State responded with a 6-0 run of its own to take the advantage back at 25-23, but Kelsey Simon closed the first half with a pair of free throws to send the game into the break tied at 25.
After a free throw from the Penguins began the second half, Osborn buried another three-pointer to put the RedHawks up 28-26 with 18:55 remaining in the game. Youngstown State would answer with a 19-6 run that gave it control at 45-34 at the 13:59 mark. The Penguins pushed the advantage to 52-39 before a layup from Rupright and a three-pointer from Osborn made it 52-44 with 9:23 to go. That would be as close as Miami could get as a 15-7 run put the game out of reach at 67-51 at the 4:05 mark. YSU hit several free throws down the stretch to finish off the 76-56 victory.
Miami finished the game with a 37.7 percent (20-for-53) shooting percentage. Youngstown State outrebounded the RedHawks, 40-27, and got a lot of its points from the line, finishing 20-for-27 (74.1 percent).
Osborn added four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block to her 15 points. Olowinski finished with nine points, while Simon and Rupright each had eight.
Miami will hit the road for its next game as it travels to ninth-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday. The game will have a special start time of 11 a.m. due to an elementary school promotion the Wildcats are running. Tim Bray will have the call and an audio broadcast can be heard on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.